"arms that work," "Lost in Light,"
"Kammermusik No. 3," and "Sum Stravinsky"
Pacific Northwest Ballet
3 November 2012 (matinee and evening)
by Helene Kaplan
copyright 2012 by Helene Kaplan
Peter Boal spoke and wrote that presenting a program of world premieres was a risk. When it was all over, the program felt familiar, even cozy. The new Mark Morris ballet, "Kammermusik No. 3" fit into the cooler end of the neoclassical spectrum, like Boal's choices by Ratmansky, Wheeldon, Robbins, and previously unknown-to-Seattle Balanchine, but the ballets "Sum Stravinsky" by Kiyon Gaines and "Lost in Light" by Margaret Mullin, and the contemporary work, Andrew Bartee's "arms that work," had a warmth and diversity that could easily have been part of a program by Francia Russell and Kent Stowell, who presented company premieres of works by Tudor, Dumais, Caniparoli, Gibson, and Limon and who gave Kiyon Gaines and Olivier Wevers their first opportunities on the Main Stage.